Wednesday, May 22, 2024

Review: The Rusty Hook Tavern

Waterfront dining is one of my favorite parts about living in Florida, and there are certainly a great number of places to choose from for this kind of experience. Whether you’re right on top of the sandy beaches, overlooking the beautiful blue ocean from high above, or sitting with a perfect view of the Intracoastal, you’re in for a treat. I’m used to Boca and Delray views of the Intracoastal, and I often forget there are way more coastal views in South Florida to check out.

The Rusty Hook Tavern (125 N. Riverside Drive, Pompano Beach, 954/941-2499) is situated alongside the Sands Harbor Resort and Marina. Its seaside decor makes it ideal for visitors when they want to feel like they’re on vacation by the water, and boaters are even welcome to drive on over and tie up their boats while they come in for a bite to eat or grab a couple drinks. There’s even a private area, just one flight of stairs away from the main dining room, perfect for hosting your own party or event. The Rusty Hook Tavern is run by a trio who met while working together under Gordon Ramsay (yes, THE Chef Ramsay) at the Boca Raton Resort restaurant Cielo.

The restaurant has introduced its new daily fresh catch section to their menu, and has also jumped onto the Sunday Brunch bandwagon, with a buffet of brunch favorites as well as bottomless mimosas, Bloody Marys and Rose wine. But back to dinner—aside from the new fresh catch menu, there have been other revisions made to the menu as well, including one dish that must be tried by anyone and everyone reading this: the Wicked Tuna Nachos.

The moment these nachos hit the table, I just about dove right in. Crispy tortilla chips piled high with fresh tuna poke, smooth and creamy pureed avocado, a flavorful cabbage slaw and a delightfully spicy aioli that really brought everything together. Of course, using the chips as a vehicle for that incredible mix of ingredients was yummy, but I was perfectly fine using my fork to shovel bite after bite into my mouth. I’d go back again solely for a plate of these nachos paired with one of The Rusty Hook Tavern’s creative cocktails. (Fun fact: Their bar manager, Kareem, was a competitor in Bar Brawls.) The Marrakesh cocktail made with campari, elderflower, cranberry, rose water and topped with Prosecco, is exactly the drink I’d order along with my Wicked Tuna Nachos. You know if there’s elderflower and Prosecco involved, I’ll come running!

Read my full review on Take a Bite Out of Boca.

Shaina Wizov
Shaina Wizov
Shaina was born and raised in South Jersey; she graduated from Rutgers University with a degree in journalism and media studies. After moving to Boca, Shaina created her own food blog, which has only enhanced her passion for cooking, baking, sipping and savoring her way around South Florida. Shaina is involved in many of the region’s food and wine festivals and events. Follow Shaina’s foodie adventures every other Thursday at bocamag.com—and on her own blog, Take A Bite Out of Boca.

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